Updated September 14, 2021

Covid updates for the business community

Ventilation Tips for Reducing COVID Risk Indoors 
CDPH has created a NEW toolkit explaining how good indoor ventilation helps reduce the spread of COVID-19. The toolkit includes a one page fact sheet as well as social media messages. (In English, Spanish coming soon).

Covid 19 Resource Links

STATE RESOURCE LINKS

LOCAL RESOURCE LINKS

BUSINESS NEWS

BUSINESS RESOURCES

APPLICATIONS, FUNDS AND GRANTS

  • SBA COVID-19 Economic Injury Disaster Loan– This loan provides economic relief to small businesses and nonprofit organizations that are currently experiencing a temporary loss of revenue.

STATE Applications, Funds, and Grants

LOCAL Applications, Funds, and Grants

Covid updates for the business community

Business Resources

Safer At Work, COVID-19 Roadmaps for Businesses– COVID-19 Employer Portal helps businesses navigate beyond-the-blueprint times.

San Diego County Telebriefing Presentation regarding employment law considerations on vaccinations etc.

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Cal/OSHA approves rules allowing fully vaccinated workers to go without masks

Posted at 2:20 PM, Jun 17, 2021 and last updated 10:01 AM, Jun 18, 2021

SAN DIEGO (KGTV) — Thursday, California workplace regulators approved revised pandemic-related rules that allow fully vaccinated workers to go without masks in the workplace.  Read Full Story – Click Here

Julian Chamber of Commerce

In collaboration with San Diego County Supervisor Joel Anderson

Small Business Stimulus Grant

Grant Application Now Open – Check your Eligibility to Submit your Application.

Applications are now open for eligible businesses, subject to availability of funding.  If you have applied previously, you will need to reapply.

The Small Business Stimulus Grant Program is funded by Board of Supervisors allocated federal American Recovery Plan Act funding. The grant funding provides economic assistance to help businesses and nonprofit entities impacted by COVID-19. Financial assistance will be allocated to eligible, qualified small businesses and nonprofit entities with final award recommendations made by individual district offices based on the availability of funds, program guidelines, and the submission of all required information and supporting documentation.

Small Business Stimulus Grant Home Page

Supervisorial District Representative:

District 2 (Supervisor Joel Anderson)
(619) 531-5942; Marc.Schaefer@sdcounty.ca.gov

Answers to Questions Received:

  1. Utilities can be covered under Invoices.
  2. The 2020 tax return could be provided in lieu of January 1 through February 14, 2020 monthly financial statements.
  3.  Under Employee Retention:  An applicant submit expenses for having added Health Insurance to protect and retain employees.
  4.  Any marketing campaigns or business plans paid for MUST be shown to assist company get back on its feet after COVID shutdowns.
  5.  Guidelines for Paying Vendor Invoices: Businesses must provide copy of invoice and proof of payment. Essentially, activities eligible for funding must be a direct result of supporting public health and response activities associated with the COVID-19 pandemic, which can cover a wide range of invoices.
  6.  If grant is awarded, applicants can only use the funds between dates of March 3, 2021 through 60 days past the date of the grant agreement.  Applicants can estimate the future expense and add it to the expense already incurred and enter into the eligible activity in the application.
  7. When asked on the application if previously received money or funding from the county the applicant should just provide previous small business stimulus grant(s) received.

San Diego County moves into California’s less restrictive yellow tier

Effective Wednesday, June 9, 2021, San Diego County has moved to the Yellow Tier, or Tier 4.  Below is a brief summary of allowable operations with modifications in the Yellow Tier or Tier 4:

  • Restaurant indoor dining (maximum 50% capacity), outdoor dining, drive-thru, take-out, pick-up, and delivery.
  • Wineries, breweries, and distilleries take out, pick up, delivery, outdoor dining, and open indoors with the modifications below:
    • Maximum 50% capacity indoors, or 200 people, whichever is fewer.
    • A meal is not required to be served at wineries, breweries, and distilleries when operating within the stated capacity modifications.
  • Bars without food are allowed to open indoors with modifications (maximum 25% capacity indoors, or 100 people, whichever is fewer). Bars that serve a meal must continue to comply with the restaurant requirements.
  • Shopping centers, including swap meets, open indoors with no capacity restrictions; however food courts must follow reduced capacity restaurant requirements listed above.
  • Gyms and fitness centers, open indoors at a 50% maximum capacity and indoor hot tubs/spas, saunas, and steam rooms are allowed to reopen.
  • Museums, zoos, aquariums, open indoors with modifications outlined in the State’s COVID-19 Industry Guidance for Museums, Galleries, Zoos, and Aquariums.
  • Body art facilities and massage establishments may continue offering indoor services with modifications outlined in the State’s COVID-19 Industry Guidance for Expanded Personal Care Services.

Reopening allowances for business sectors not listed above can be found on the State’s Blueprint for a Safer Economy. When the tier system ends in California, capacity and distancing restrictions will be lifted for most businesses and activities in the state. Further guidance is expected from the California Department of Public Health prior to June 15. Vaccination or negative test requirements will continue for large-scale indoor and outdoor events through at least October 1. We will provide another update via GovDelivery once restrictions of the tier system ends.

Read Channel 10 news Story – Click Here


CAL/OSHA Standards Board Tenuously Approves Updated COVID-19 Prevention Standards
Read Detailed Article – Click Here


BEYOND THE BLUEPRINT: JUNE 15 REOPENING GUIDELINES

California is getting ready to fully reopen. Last Friday state health officials provided additional insight on what the new rules will be starting June 15, including guidelines for mask wearing and physical distancing as well as defining and detailing the rules for so-called “mega events.”

Learn More By Clicking Here

Vaccination Forms Required At Vaccination Appointment for Minors 

Please see the attached forms for patients ages 12-17 receiving Pfizer. If a patient is under the age of 18 and a parent cannot be at the vaccination appointment with the child please fill out the Parent Consent Form. If a family member will bring the patient to the appointment please fill out the Caregiver form.

Caregiver Form

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Additional Details

Parent/Guardian IS PRESENT
  • Parent/Guardian identifies minor and verifies their age (no documentation needed)
  • Parent/Guardian may answer medical questions and provide consent in-person
Relative Caregiver IS PRESENT

(Relative must be 18 years or older and live with the minor)

Examples: Grandparent, aunt, uncle, cousin

  • Relative caregiver must complete Caregiver Affidavit Form (may complete on-site if needed) 
  • Relative caregiver can confirm child’s identity and age (no documentation needed)
  • Relative caregiver may answer medical questions and provide consent in-person
Minor is unaccompanied

OR

accompanied by a non-caregiver adult

Examples: Neighbor, nanny, family friend

  • MINOR MUST HAVE AN APPOINTMENT THROUGH MY TURN TO BE VACCINATED
  • Minor’s information and age provided when scheduling appointment in My Turn
  • Minor or adult must show consent form filled out by parent/guardian
  • Minor must bring photo ID AND proof of age

Newsom Announces the Largest Small Business Relief Program in the Nation

“Governor Newsom’s Plan expands the state’s COVID-19 Small Business Relief Grant program to a total of $4 billion, representing the largest such program in the entire country. That’s in addition to Governor Newsom’s $6.2 billion tax cut for those businesses hit hardest by the pandemic, the largest state tax cut of its kind in history.” Read more.

05/12/21 – Business TeleBriefing

If you would like to request Zoom recording of today’s telebrief, please submit your request to COVID-Business@sdcounty.ca.gov.

To recap, we discussed the following highlights: 

Cases & Variant Update (See Attached Public Health Updates Slides)

  • As of 5/11/21: Daily Status Update
  • Total number of cases = 278,307 
  • We’re #49 (Case Rate) – 54.4% of cases are between the ages of 20 and 49 years
  • Trigger Dashboard – Everything is green except for community outbreaks (16as of 5/11/21)
  • Unadjusted case rate is in Orange tier = 7
  • Adjusted case rate is in Orange tier = 1
  • Transitioning to more people being fully vaccinated – vaccine is the way to get out of the tunnel
  • We’re still seeing COVID hospitalizations, deaths trended down some
  • Continued drop in hospitalizations – continue to promote vaccinations
  • Airborne Transmission
  • CDC confirms it is the most primary ways of transmission of COVID-19
  • Kaiser Family Foundation Study

COVID-19 Vaccine Updates 

Other Updates

Updates & Recent Actions 

Websites/Resources mentioned: See Attached Sector Announcement Slides

Request to Host a Vaccination Event

  • The County of San Diego is increasing access to COVID-19 vaccines by working with partners and stakeholders to host vaccination events. We encourage organizations that have the space to host a vaccination event to submit a request form: https://app.smartsheet.com/b/form/7c0cb63db1994b54b5960ae0a9c313e1
  • County staff or a partner organization will review the information submitted and respond within 5 business days. For questions please reach out to HHSA@sdcounty.ca.gov.
  • Please note, we will do our best to accommodate preferences, but we cannot guarantee that all preferences will be met or all requested events confirmed.

2021 Emergency Rental Assistance Program  

  • San Diego County residents financially impacted by COVID-19 who need help paying their rent and utilities may qualify for assistance.
  • Applications for the County of San Diego’s Emergency Rental Assistance Program (ERAP) 2021 serves all areas of the San Diego region except for the cities of San Diego and Chula Vista. The application will be open until all available funding has been used.
  • The application is available in six different languages (English, Spanish, Arabic, Vietnamese, Tagalog, and Mandarin) on the website. If someone does not have internet or needs help, they can call 858-694-4801 and a county representative can assist with questions and/or take the application over the phone. 
  • If you are a resident of the cities of San Diego and Chula Vista, or if you are not sure which program serves your area, you can visit ERAPsandiego.org.

Additional Links: 

We will be meeting again for the next Business Sector telebriefing on Wednesday, June 9th, 2021 from 9:30 AM – 10:30 AM. To request resources, ask questions, or address concerns, please contact COVID-Business@sdcounty.ca.gov.

Business Sector Weekly Telebriefing Recap 4/28/21

To recap, we discussed the following highlights:

 Cases & Variant Update (See Attached Public Health Updates Slides)

COVID-19 Vaccine Updates

 

Other Updates

 

Updates & Recent Actions

  • CDPH and CDC recommend delaying travel until persons are fully vaccinated
  • Note that Californians should avoid non-essential travel outside of CA unless they are fully vaccinated  “non-essential travel” includes travel that is considered tourism or recreational in nature.
  • Fully vaccinated: not required to test/quarantine unless consist with COVID

Websites/Resources mentioned: See Attached Sector Announcement Slides

2021 Emergency Rental Assistance Program  

  • San Diego County residents financially impacted by COVID-19 who need help paying their rent and utilities may qualify for assistance.
  • Applications for the County of San Diego’s Emergency Rental Assistance Program (ERAP) 2021 serves all areas of the San Diego region except for the cities of San Diego and Chula Vista. The application will be open until all available funding has been used.
  • The application is available in six different languages (English, Spanish, Arabic, Vietnamese, Tagalog, and Mandarin) on the website. If someone does not have internet or needs help, they can call 858-694-4801 and a county representative can assist with questions and/or take the application over the phone. 
  • If you are a resident of the cities of San Diego and Chula Vista, or if you are not sure which program serves your area, you can visit www.ERAPsandiego.org.

Early Treatment for COVID-19 is available at the Monoclonal Antibody Regional Center (MARC)!  

  • Monoclonal antibody treatment is available for persons with mild or moderate COVID-19 whose symptoms developed within the last 10 days and are at high risk of getting very sick from COVID-19.
  • The Monoclonal Antibody Regional Center (MARC) in Escondido is open 7 days a week to treat all persons for free who are medically eligible, regardless of health insurance or immigration status.
  • If you think you qualify, call (619) 685-2500 to schedule an appointment or with any questions. You are also encouraged to talk to your doctor to see if you are medically eligible for this treatment and to receive a referral.
  • You are also encouraged to talk to your doctor or health provider to see if you qualify
  • Open 7 days a week 
  • Located at the Palomar Medical CenterDowntown in Escondido 
  • Starting April 19, located at 391 Oxford St. in Chula Vista 
  • No cost for treatment of monoclonal antibody IV infusion 
  • Accepting all medically eligible patients, regardless of health insurance or immigration status 

For patient flyers and additional information visit: www.sandiegocounty.gov/COVIDHealthProfessionals 

 

Additional Links:

We will be meeting again for the next Business Sector telebriefing on Wednesday, May 12th, 2021 from 9:30 AM – 10:30 AM. To request resources, ask questions, or address concerns, please contact COVID-Business@sdcounty.ca.gov

4/26/21 – As California continues to gain ground against the coronavirus, the state is easing restrictions on private gatherings. This means weddings, quinceañeras and anyone else who’s had to cancel or postpone their big event due to the coronavirus can now start planning.

Read Article/Watch News Story – Click Here.

Covid updates for the business community

Early Treatment for COVID-19 is available at the Monoclonal Antibody Regional Center (MARC)! 

  • Monoclonal antibody treatment is available for persons with mild or moderate COVID-19 whose symptoms developed within the last 10 days and are at high risk of getting very sick from COVID-19.
  • The Monoclonal Antibody Regional Center (MARC) in Escondido is open 7 days a week to treat all persons for free who are medically eligible, regardless of health insurance or immigration status.
  • A new MARC site will be opening in Chula Vista on April 19th. If you think you qualify, call (619) 685-2500 to schedule an appointment or with any questions. You are also encouraged to talk to your doctor to see if you are medically eligible for this treatment and to receive a referral.

Public Health Updates 

Cases & Trends 

  • Confirmed COVID‐19 Cases by Date of Illness Onset* N = 273,708
  • Deaths =3,623, decreasing
  • Triggers Dashboard as of 4/13/21
  • Adjusted Case Rate =6 – RED TIER
  • Community Outbreaks = 16
  • Testing Positivity =2.6%
  • Cases overall stable.
  • SD county resident cases: cases are down
  • Daily Census- ICU cases stable
  • Deaths from COVID overall decreasing
  • Percentage positive rate hover around 2% mark.
  • Tier #3 (Orange) effective 4/7/21  
  • Unadjusted case rate and adjusted case rate is currently in red tier

COVID-19 Variants  

 

Other Updates

  • Updated CDPH Travel Advisory(4/2/21)  
  • CDPH and CDC recommend delaying travel until persons are fully vaccinated à
  • Note that Californians should avoid non-essential travel outside of CA unless they are fully vaccinated à “non-essential travel” includes travel that is considered tourism or recreational in nature.
  • Fully vaccinated: not required to test/quarantine unless consist with COVID
  • (CDC Interm Guidance for Fully Vaccinated People)
  • Not fully vaccinated: Avoid non-essential travel/ get tested with viral test 1-3 days before travel and get tested 305 days upon arrival to destination. Should also stay home for full 4 days.
  • Domestic Travel:
  • Vaccinated: wear mask
  • Not: quarantine, wear a mask, get tested
  • Outdoor seated, live events and performances: ACROSS ALL TIERS
  • Performances must follow guidelines

 

Updates & Recent Actions (see slides for more information)

  • NEWBlueprint Refresh  
  • NEWActivity and Business Tiers Chart – 4/13/21.
  • NEW COVID-19 Guidance: Outdoor Seated Live Events and Performances (last updated 3/26/21, effective 4/01/21)
  • Preventions for all: Face coverings required, temp screenings and symptom screenings, social distance, accessible hygiene, and sanitation available.
  • Workforces need testing regime unless vaccinated.
  • Orange Tier Guidance:
  • Venues can open for performances or events with live audiences. (33% cap)
  • Suite limited to 35% cap
  • Vaccinated sections vs unvaccinated sections (12 ft distanced between the two)
  • Employers who have employees working at live outdoor events
  • PCR and antigen test required
  • Seated events: ticket reservations only
  • Indoor concessions at outdoor venues must be delivered to guests (25% cap)
  • Vaccinated card proof from phone, notification, photo will suffice.

COVID-19 Vaccine Updates – [See vaccine slides for more information]

  • Vaccination works! 
  • *Reminder –16- & 17-year-olds can only get Pfizer for now

Why should younger adults get vaccinated?

  • Safest way to acquire immunity
  • Still suffering for some, even if less likely
  • Younger adult age groups get infected first and spread the infection to more vulnerable settings and populations
  • Increase in individuals vaccinated = decrease in COVID variant strains

Eligibility opening to all soon – April 15, 2021

  • Johnson & Johnson (Janssen) COVID-19 Vaccine
  • 6 cases in 6.8 million doses administered occurred among women between the ages of 18 and 48, and symptoms occurred to 6 to 13 days after vaccination
  • Rare and severe type of blood clot called cerebral venous sinus thrombosis (CVST) was seen in combination with low levels of blood platelets
  • Pausing administration locally until further guidance
  • J&J: CDC/FDA joint statement
  • US-6 cases in blood clots/1 death = 6.8 million administered (18-48 years old)
  • Very rare/severe side effects; 6-13 after (CVST; blood clots can also develop from COVID)
  • Supply J&J already limited
  • Still monitoring cases, hospitals, vaccinations – moving to recovery after 15th. 

Websites/Resources mentioned: 

We will be meeting again for the next Business Sector telebriefing on Wednesday, April 28th, 2021 from 9:30 AM – 10:30 AM. To request resources, ask questions, or address concerns, please contact COVID-Business@sdcounty.ca.gov.

Dear Permittees,

Effective Wednesday, April 7, 2021, San Diego County has moved to the Orange Tier, or Tier 3.  Below is a brief summary of allowable operations with modifications in the Orange Tier or Tier 3:

  • Restaurant indoor dining (maximum 50% capacity or 200 people, whichever is fewer), outdoor dining, drive-thru, take-out, pick-up, and delivery
    • Includes the removal of the curfew that previously required restaurants to stop accepting customers at 10:00 pm
  • Wineries, breweries, and distilleries take out, pick up, delivery, outdoor dining, and open indoors with the modifications below:
    • Maximum 25% capacity indoors, or 100 people, whichever is fewer
    • A meal is not required to be served at wineries, breweries, and distilleries when operating within the stated modifications
  • Bars without food are allowed to conduct only outdoor service, with modifications. Bars that serve a meal, can continue to comply with the restaurant requirements
  • Shopping centers, including swap meets, open indoors with no capacity restrictions; however, common areas remain closed and food courts must follow reduced capacity restaurant requirements listed above
  • Gyms and fitness centers, open indoors at a 25% maximum capacity and indoor pools are allowed to reopen. Indoor hot tubs / spas, saunas and steam rooms must remain closed
  • Museums, zoos, aquariums, open indoors with 50% maximum capacity
  • Body art facilities and massage establishments may continue offering indoor services with modifications outlined in the State’s COVID-19 Industry Guidance for Expanded Personal Care Services.

Reopening allowances for business sectors not listed above can be found on the State’s Blueprint for a Safer Economy.

Please continue to take all the following necessary precautions to slow the spread of COVID‐19:

Review your onsite Safe Re‐opening Plan or Food Facility Protocols, and if necessary, update it to be consistent with the new requirements.

We appreciate your continued commitment to protecting public health. If you have questions regarding this information or your operation, please contact our duty information specialist at (858) 505‐6900 or email at fhdutyeh@sdcounty.ca.gov.

For updated information about COVID‐19, including resource documents such as frequently asked questions, informational posters, and guidance, please visit www.coronavirus‐sd.com. You can also text COSD COVID19 to 468-311 to get text alert updates or follow SDCountyHHSA on Facebook or @SDCountyHHSA on Twitter.

Sincerely,
Department of Environmental Health and Quality
Food and Housing Division

San Diego County COVID-19 update Tuesday (4/6)

San Diego County officials have confirmed that the county will enter the orange tier of the state’s reopening framework Wednesday, April 7.

Safe Reopening

Starting April 7, San Diego County moves from the Red Tier to the Orange Tier of the state’s Blueprint for a Safer Economy.

These are among changes for activities in the Orange Tier:

  • Retail. No capacity limits.
  • Restaurants. Indoors can open at 50% capacity or to 200 people, whichever is fewer. They are no longer required to close at 10 p.m.
  • Museums, zoos and aquariums. Indoors can open at 50% capacity.
  • Places of worship. Indoors can open at 50% capacity.
  • Movie theaters. Indoors can open at 50% capacity or to 200 people, whichever is fewer.
  • Gyms. Indoors can open at 25% capacity.  Indoor pools can open.
  • Wineries, breweries distilleries. Indoors can open at 25% capacity or to 100 people, whichever is fewer.
  • Bars that do not serve meals. Can open outdoors.
  • Family entertainment centers. Indoors can open at 25% capacity. Includes bowling alleys.
  • Cardrooms, satellite wagering. Indoors can open at 25% capacity.
  • Offices. Indoors with modifications. Telework encouraged.
  • Live events. Outdoors can operate at 33% capacity. Reservations are required.
  • Amusement parks. Can operate at 25% capacity. In-state visitors only.

This story was updated 04/2/2021.

Distributing COVID-19 Vaccines Equitably 

  • The County is continuing to expand its efforts to equitably distribute COVID-19 vaccines to populations who have suffered the worst outcomes from the pandemic.
  • In February, the County began piloting multiple health-equity focused methods to ensure that eligible County residents who live in the hardest-hit communities can get vaccinated outside of the traditional online appointment system.
  • To reach these populations, the County launched Project SAVE (Scheduling Assistance for Vaccine Equity).
  • As part of Project SAVE, a certain number of appointments are set aside each day for people who are eligible, at vaccination sites in communities most impacted by COVID-19.
  • Click here to learn more about Project Save and its efforts to equitably distribute COVID-19 vaccines.

This story was updated 3/19/2021.

Everything You Need to Know About Coronavirus Federal Small Business Stimulus Aid Programs

Congress has passed multiple aid programs and changes to help businesses during the pandemic, including forgivable PPP loans, new tax credits, grants and more.

Click Here for Full Story from US Chamber of Commerce.

ORANGE TIER

3 Pathways to the Orange Tier: San Diego Leaders Outline Next Steps

Even though San Diego just hit the Red Tier, county leaders are already looking ahead at the next step: the Orange Tier.

California’s color-coded system was replaced with a sweeping stay-at-home order at the end of 2020 amid surging COVID-19 cases — and later extended when Southern California’s ICU capacity sunk to 0%. It wasn’t until Jan. 25 that Gov. Gavin Newsom lifted the stay-at-home orders and the tiered system returned, placing San Diego in the most-restrictive Purple Tier again.

San Diego slowly made progress, and, on March 16 the county was able to move into the Red Tier. That was because California reached a key vaccine milestone — 2 million vaccine doses to people in vulnerable ZIP codes — which changed the tiers’ thresholds and allowed San Diego to qualify for the Red Tier for the first time in more than six months.

Click Here for Full Story

Pharmacies are providing COVID-19 Vaccines: Must be scheduled via website (links down below)

Community Town Hall – Vaccines and COVID-19
Every Wednesday, 6:00pm

To recap, we discussed the following highlights: 

Announcements (See attached PDF PowerPoint Slides for Resource Information)

Resource Links (at the bottom): 

Public Health Updates 

Cases & Trends (attached slides)

As of 3/23/21

  • Confirmed COVID-19 cases by Date of Illness onset – SD county residents: 268,160
  • Numbers are coming down, but we’re still in the substantial spread – RED TIER
  • ICU Bed Occupancy and Capacity going down
  • Total Number of Deaths =3,498
  • Total Number of Community Outbreaks = 1,395
  • 16 outbreaksin the last 7 days
  • COVID-19 Percentage Positive
  • Testing positivity is going down  4% 
  • Adjusted Case Rate – down 5
  • 3rdweek of Red Tier

Blueprint for a Safer Economy – (attached slides)

COVID-19 Vaccine Updates – [See attached slides]

COVID-19 Variants 

Other Updates 

Followed by Questions asked from the community, and answers:

Events Guidance

  • CDPHis developing event guidance and hope to release it later this week. [Posted 3/24/21]

Bars vs. Breweries/Wineries/Distilleries Guidance 

  • CDPHguidance was updated on March 13, 2021 and remains in effect. Under this guidance bars remain closed; facilities that serve food can open following the current restaurant guidance (beverage must be served as part of a meal). Guidance differs for bars due to the operation and social setting. Wineries, breweries and distilleries (where meals are not served) can open outdoors with modifications. [Posted 3/24/21]

Collection of Employee Vaccination Data

  • There is no guidance from CDC or CDPH asking employers to collect vaccination data from employees/staff. Employers cannot mandate or ask employees for this information. [Posted 3/24/21]
    • After further review, our Business Sector team recognized that there was additional guidance from the California Department of Fair Employment and Housing regarding the question titled Collection of Employee Vaccination Data. Thank you to a partner who shared the following additional resource. The California Department of Fair Employment and Housing details its Employment-Information-on-COVID-19-FAQ additional guidance regarding the Collection of Employee Vaccination Data.

Reporting COVID-19 Data

  • COVID-19 data is reported from several laboratories that share information at different rates/days. Data is also based on several variables such as timing of testing, reporting time, when a person becomes symptomatic, etc.
  • San Diego County still has substantial spread, and we need to focus on layered intervention.
  • Physical distancing
  • Wearing a mask
  • Handwashing
  • Avoid touching your face
  • Avoid gatherings, especially indoors
  • Testing
  • Quarantining after exposure
  • Ventilation
  • Contract tracing
  • Vaccines

[Posted 3/24/2021]

Use of Equipment and Facilities in Shopping Malls

  • The use of equipment/facilities could be considered permissible provided routine sanitation of the equipment between use was followed in accordance with a safe reopening plan and shopping center guidance. The risk to use such items rests with the owner/operator. [Posted 3/24/2021]

Curfew for Restaurants, Bars, Wineries, Distilleries and Breweries Customers

  • Per the Public Health Order(section 11.e), “All restaurants, bars, wineries, distilleries and breweries that are otherwise permitted to be open shall be closed from 10:00 p.m. until 5:00 a.m. every day except for delivery, take-out, and drive-thru. Guests already in the establishment at 10:00 p.m. may remain in the establishment until 11:00 p.m.” [Posted 3/24/21]

Accelerated Progression in Blueprint for a Safer Economy

  • Per CDPH, in order to advance in the Blueprint for a Safer Economyeach county must meet the Adjusted Case Rate, Test Positivity, and Health Equity Metric criteria for a less restrictive tier. Accelerated progression is eligible when the Health Equity Quartile Test Positivity Rate meets threshold for two tiers less restrictive. For a County in Red Tier, if the case rate has declined or has not increased more than 5% the County can move to a less restrictive tier if the Health Equity Quartile HPI has met the <2% threshold of the Yellow Tier for two consecutive weeks.
  • When the health equity metric is in the yellow tier for 2 straight weeks then San Diego County can move into the orange tier. [Posted 3/24/21]

COVID-19 Vaccination Appointments

  • Doctors, pharmacies, community clinics, and other healthcare providers are working to provide vaccinations to San Diegans in the priority groups. While vaccines have arrived in the region, supplies remain extremely limited.
  • Please be patient—as supply increases, providers will be able to perform more vaccinations and offer more appointments.
  • If you have a healthcare provider or are enrolled with a local healthcare system, please contact them to schedule a vaccine appointment. If you do not have a doctor or other healthcare provider, call 2-1-1 to be connected with one.
  • For those unable to get a vaccination from a healthcare provider, the County of San Diego and it’s partners are offering vaccinations to individuals in eligible priority groups. Appointments and proof of eligibility are required at all sites. Space is limited and appointments are updated regularly. See Vaccination Locations and Vaccination Schedule online herefor more details.
  • Appointments can be made online at vaccinationsuperstationsd.comor by calling 2-1-1. [Posted 3/24/21]

Live Performances

  • Per state, effective April 1, 2021 additional activities will be permitted. Guidance from the state is forthcoming. Check CDPH’s activity and business tiers tablefor information about the upcoming changes. [Posted 3/24/21]

Individuals Fully Vaccinated at Work

  • At this point in time, CDC guidancefor individuals fully vaccinated pertains to private residences. Guidance for workplaces from Cal/OSHA have not been released. [Posted 3/24/21]

General Public Vaccination

  • No tentative date has been determined for public vaccination. Everyone is encouraged to tune into the County’s media press briefings and visit coronavirus-sd.com/vaccinefor updates. COVID-19 live press briefings are held Wednesday at 2:30pm. These are streamed LIVE on the County’s Facebook and Twitter [Posted 3/24/21]

Websites/Resources mentioned: 

We will be meeting again for the next Business Sector telebriefing on Wednesday, April 14th, 2021 from 9:30 AM – 10:30 AM. To request resources, ask questions, or address concerns, please contact COVID-Business@sdcounty.ca.gov

Effective Wednesday, March 17, 2021, San Diego County  moved to the Red Tier, or Tier 2. Below is a brief summary of allowable operations with modifications in the Red Tier or Tier 2 which include:

  • Restaurant indoor dining (maximum 25% capacity or 100 people, whichever is fewer), outdoor dining, drive-thru, take-out, pick-up, and delivery.
  • Wineries, breweries, and distilleries take out, pick up, delivery, and outdoor dining only with the modifications below:
    • Use of reservations
    • 90-minute time limit
    • Seating/tables only
    • Limited hours (service for on-site consumption closed by 8pm)
    • A meal is not required to be served at wineries, breweries, and distilleries when operating within the stated modifications.
  • Bars that serve a meal and comply with the restaurant requirements. (Bars without food must remain closed)
  • Shopping centers, including swap meets, open indoors (maximum 50% capacity and closed common areas).
  • Gyms and fitness centers, open indoors at a 10% maximum capacity.
  • Museums, zoos, aquariums, open indoors with 25% maximum capacity.
  • Body art facilities and massage establishments may continue offering indoor services with modifications outlined in the State’s COVID-19 Industry Guidance for Expanded Personal Care Services.

Reopening allowances for business sectors not listed above can be found on the State’s Blueprint for a Safer Economy.

Please continue to take all the following necessary precautions to slow the spread of COVID‐19:

Review your onsite Safe Re‐opening Plan or Food Facility Protocols, and if necessary, update it to be consistent with the new requirements.

We appreciate your continued commitment to protecting public health. If you have questions regarding this information or your operation, please contact our duty information specialist at (858) 505‐6900 or email at fhdutyeh@sdcounty.ca.gov.

For updated information about COVID‐19, including resource documents such as frequently asked questions, informational posters, and guidance, please visit www.coronavirus‐sd.com. You can also text COSD COVID19 to 468-311 to get text alert updates or follow SDCountyHHSA on Facebook or @SDCountyHHSA on Twitter.

Sincerely,
Department of Environmental Health and Quality
Food and Housing Division

San Diego County Telebriefing 

  • Please join us on Wednesday March 24, 2021 at 9:30 am – 10:30 am for the COVID-19 Business Sector Telebriefing 
  • THANK YOU to all the business stakeholders who have joined us for 1 year of online updates about local COVID-19 data and guidance. 
  • We appreciate your resilience and all you do for your employees and community!
  • During the 1-hour telebrief, speakers will answer as many questions as possible.
  • You can submit questions 24 hours in advance here and you can also ask questions during the call through the online chat feature.
  • To listen-in only, call: 1-669-900-6833 or enter the meeting ID provided below.

https://zoom.us/j/157409037
Meeting ID: 157 409 037
Submit Telebriefing Questions

California Relief Grant Updates: New Funding, New Rounds
Governor Gavin Newsom signed into law a comprehensive package of immediate actions that speeds equitable, needed relief to individuals, families, and businesses suffering the most significant economic hardship due to COVID-19. Additional preliminary data can be found here.
Also note the following:
  • Round 3 (waitlisted applicants from Rounds 1 and 2):
  • Friday, March 5 through Thursday, March 11
  • no need to reapply, no new applications
  • Round 4 (nonprofit cultural institutions only):
  • Tuesday, March 16 through Tuesday, March 23
  • this will be only for nonprofits
  • Round 5 (new open round and waitlisted applicants from Rounds 1-3):
  • Thursday, March 25 through Wednesday, March 31
  • no need to reapply, but will open for those who have not applied
  • Round 6: Dates to be announced soon

Click Here for Additional Information

San Diego County – BUSINESS SECTOR TELEBRIEFING

Next Telebriefing: February 24th, 2021 | 9:30 am – 10:30 am
Join us for another online forum Q&A and Public Health Order Updates.
You can ask questions during the call through the online chat feature. Speakers will answer as many questions as possible during the one-hour telebrief.

To listen-in only, call: 1-669-900-6833 or enter the meeting ID provided below.
https://zoom.us/j/157409037
Meeting ID: 157 409 037
Submit Telebriefing Questions

On a weekly basis, starting this Wednesday, February 10, 2021 at 6 p.m. Chair Nathan Fletcher, Vice-Chair Nora Vargas, Dr. Wilma Wooten, and Nick Machionne will be hosting a virtual town hall on Facebook Live.

You can watch on any of these Facebook accounts:
@SanDiegoCounty
@nathan.fletcher
@SupNoraVargas

To recap, we discussed the following highlights: 

Announcements (See attached PDF PowerPoint Slides for Resource Information)

Resource Links: 

  • NEW -COVID-19 Vaccine Presentations
  • County of San Diego Emergency Rental Assistance Program
  • COVID-19 Health Equity Pilot Projects
  • Love Your Heart Week: February is American Heart Month. Your organization can participate by participating in the new Love Your Heart @ Home program. Love Your Heart @ Home is a new component to the county’s initiative to promote heart health.
  • COVID-19 Vaccination – coronavirus-sd.com/vaccine
  • We will send out notification when the next phase opens. To learn more about San Diego County Vaccine Phases please visit our website.
  • We want to hear from you! The Business Sector Team wants to ensure our COVID-19 Business Sector e-newsletters, telebriefings, website, and other communication methods are beneficial for you. We kindly ask you to please take 5-10 minutes to complete the post-evaluation feedback form listed below to provide feedback about your experience with these activities.
  • Please complete the feedback form by Thursday, February 25, 2010. 

Public Health Updates 

Return to Blueprint for a Safer Economy 

  • Health Equity metric is at 12.1
  • Purple Tier – Widespread

Cases & Trends – as of 2/9/21

  • 248,051 cases
  • Total deaths, 2,853
  • Hospitalizations down by 42%, trending well
  • 25% decrease in ICU in the last 30 days
  • 52 ICU beds available, COVID ICU are down
  • 5 remain in red in the trigger dashboard
  • Unadjusted case rate at 35.4 (7-day period)
  • Adjusted case rate at 34.2 (7-day period)
  • Still in WIDESPREAD – purple tier
  • ICU capacity at 20%
  • 72 community outbreaks
  • Testing Positivity at 8.4%
  • Case Investigation is back up at 97%

COVID-19 Vaccine Updates 

  • COVID-19 Vaccines & Allergic Reactions 
  • CDC has learned of reports that some people have experienced severe allergic reactions—also known as anaphylaxis—after getting a COVID-19 vaccine.
  • If you have had a severe allergic reaction to any ingredient in an mRNA COVID-19 vaccine, you should not get either of the currently available mRNA COVID-19 vaccines.  If you had a severe allergic reaction after getting the first dose of an mRNA COVID-19 vaccine, CDC recommends that you should not get the second dose. To learn more about COVID-19 Vaccines & Allergic Reactions, please visit the CDC website.
  • 10 questions with Dr. Wooten – answers some of the common questions
  • SD leading the vaccination across the state
  • Weekly Town Hall tonight on FB Live @SanDiegoCounty @Nathan.fletcher or @SupNoraVargas
  • You can watch on any of these Facebook accounts:
    @SanDiegoCounty
    @nathan.fletcher
    @SupNoraVargas
  • CDPH Launched MyTurn statewide in Eng and Span https://myturn.ca.gov/
  • Use CHROME over internet explorer

Followed by Questions asked from the community, and answers:

  • Guidance on Returning to Work Following COVID-19 Diagnosis

Per CDPH guidance, individuals who test positive for SARS-CoV-2, the virus that causes COVID-19, and who have had symptoms, may return to work or school when:

  • At least 10 days have passed since symptoms first appeared, AND
  • At least 24 hours have passed with no fever (without use of fever-reducing medications), AND
  • Other symptoms have improved.

Individuals who test positive for SARS-CoV-2 who never develop symptoms, may return to work or school 10 days after the date of their first positive test for SARS-CoV-2. [Posted 2/10/21]

  • Vaccine Technology & Virus Transmission

AstraZeneca COVID-19 vaccine uses an inactivated virus to carry DNA, more stable than mRNA, to do the same thing that produces protein to make antibodies. It is 70% effective. Some early data shows it can prevent COVID-19 transmissibility. Still waiting for CDC guidance. [Posted 2/10/21]

  • Antibody Testing Results

Per CDC, antibody tests determine if you had a past infection with COVID-19. Antibody tests should not be used to diagnose a current infection. For information about antibody test results, see the CDC webpage and talk with your healthcare provider. Whether you test positive or negative for COVID-19 on a viral or an antibody test, you still should take steps to protect yourself and others: wear a mask, physical distance, avoid crowds, avoid indoor spaces, wash hands, clean and disinfect. [Posted 2/10/21]

  • Proof of Vaccination Eligibility

Please see the www.coronavirus-sd.com/vaccine for vaccination eligibility information. Guidance will be available when the next phase is eligible for the vaccine. Proof of vaccination eligibility (photo ID and documentation) will be required for essential workers. [Posted 2/10/21]

  • Quarantining Households Working for Same Employer

Important to follow isolation guidance if person tests positive for COVID-19. Other members of the same household should follow quarantine guidance. Until the person leaves isolation, the family member in quarantine can still be infected. [Posted 2/10/21]

  • Public Health Officer Order Update

San Diego County Public Health Order (PDF) Updated Feb. 6, 2021. Revision to 11a, regarding places of worship. [Posted 2/10/21]

  • Outbreak in the Workplace

Cal/OSHA oversees workplace safety and health regulations in California required for employers to protect workers exposed to infectious diseases like COVID-19. Employers are encouraged to sign up for a Cal/OSHA Consultation Services Webinar that addressed employer responsibilities under the new regulations and a COVID-19 Prevention Program (CPP). This webinar, developed for business owners, managers, and supervisors. [Posted 2/10/21]

  • Indoor Day Camp Guidelines

Businesses that transition into a day camp model should follow the CDPH guidance, cohorts guidance, and guidance on outdoor and indoor youth and recreational adults sports. Day Camp Businesses should also have their County Safe Reopening Plan available and update as needed. [Posted 2/10/21]

  • Phase 1B Tier 1 for COVID-19 Vaccine

The County is following criteria from the state regarding essential workers listed in Phase 1B Tier 1. [Posted 2/10/21]

  • Resuming In-Person Vocation School Classes

Indoor lectures are not permissible. Temporary structures allowed. See page 10 of the CDPH guidance for Institutions of Higher Education. [Posted 2/10/21]

  • Eviction Moratorium Update

Governor Gavin Newsom signed legislation to extend the state’s landmark eviction moratorium through June 30, 2021, protecting millions of Californians struggling as a result of the economic hardships brought on by the COVID-19 pandemic. [Posted 2/10/21]

  • Clarification on Phase 1A for COVID-19 Vaccine

Please see Additional Clarification on California Department of Public Health

Phase 1A settings and healthcare workers. [Posted 2/10/21]

  • Vaccine Documentation for Informal Care Givers

Informal caregivers can contact their doctor or provider to request a letter verifying them as caregiver. If a client is part of the San Diego Regional Center, then they can request a verification letter. [Posted 2/10/21]

Websites/Resources mentioned: 

We will be meeting again for the next Business Sector telebriefing on Wednesday, February 24th, 2021 from 9:30 AM – 10:30 AM. To request resources, ask questions, or address concerns, please contact COVID-Business@sdcounty.ca.gov.

2-10-2021 – From our Bookkeeper and Member Kelly Riccio:
ATTN: SMALL BUSINESS OWNERS WHO RECEIVED EIDL (Economic Injury Disaster Loan) ADVANCES OR PPP.
Yes, this is a HUGE document, but 3 pages are worth looking at!
Consolidated Appropriations
Act, 2021. See pages 798 – 800.
SEC. 276. CLARIFICATION OF TAX TREATMENT OF FORGIVENESS OF
COVERED LOANS.
(a) ORIGINAL PAYCHECK PROTECTION PROGRAM LOANS.—
TAX TREATMENT.—For purposes of the Internal Revenue
Code of 1986—
‘‘(1) NO AMOUNT SHALL BE INCLUDED in the gross income of
the eligible recipient by reason of forgiveness of indebtedness
described in subsection (b)
1109(d)(2)(D) of the CARES Act.
(b) EMERGENCY EIDL GRANTS AND TARGETED EIDL
ADVANCES.—For purposes of the Internal Revenue Code of 1986—
(1) any advance described in section 1110(e) of the CARES
Act or any funding under section 331 of the Economic Aid
to Hard-Hit Small Businesses, Nonprofits, and Venues Act SHALL NOT BE INCLUDED IN THE GROSS INCOME of the person that receives such advance or funding
2-11-2021 – From our Bookkeeper and Member Kelly Riccio:
The IRS instructed lenders that have erroneously filed or furnished Forms 1099-MISC, Miscellaneous Income, reporting certain payments on U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) subsidized loans as income of the borrower, to file and furnish corrected Forms 1099-MISC that exclude these subsidized loan payments (Announcement 2021-2).
We are excited to announce that our new COVID-19 website is now live. Visit cdph.ca.gov/covid19  for the latest updates on COVID-19, including guidance, resources, ways to protect your health, and much more.
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2/1/2021 -Reminder – Take The Safe Destination Pledge –

Learn More Here:  https://www.sandiego.org/about/safe-destination-pledge.aspx

Our Safe Destination Pledge is designed to let you know how are hotels and hospitality businesses are ensuring your health and well-being during every phase of your visit—from the airport to the hotel to dining out to visiting our beaches and other attractions.

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

January 25, 2021

PH21-030

Public Health Officials Lift Regional Stay at Home Order for All Regions

Conditions Improving Statewide, Allowing Most Counties to Return to Most Strict (Purple) Tier of Blueprint for a Safer Economy
With Pandemic Far from Over, Californians Urged to Wear Masks, Limit Mixing, Get Vaccinated When Eligible
SACRAMENTO – Officials with the California Department of Public Health (CDPH) today ended the Regional Stay at Home Order, lifting the order for all regions statewide, including the three regions that had still been under the order – San Joaquin Valley, Bay Area and Southern California. Four-week ICU capacity projections for these three regions are above 15%, the threshold that allows regions to exit the order. The Sacramento Region exited the order on January 12 and the Northern California region never entered the order.
This action allows all counties statewide to return to the rules and framework of the Blueprint for a Safer Economy and color-coded tiers that indicate which activities and businesses are open based on local case rates and test positivity. The majority of the counties are in the strictest, or purple tier. Tier updates are provided weekly on Tuesdays. Individual counties could choose to impose stricter rules.
“Californians heard the urgent message to stay home as much as possible and accepted that challenge to slow the surge and save lives,” said Dr. Tomás Aragón, CDPH director and state public health officer. “Together, we changed our activities knowing our short-term sacrifices would lead to longer-term gains. COVID-19 is still here and still deadly, so our work is not over, but it’s important to recognize our collective actions saved lives and we are turning a critical corner.”
While there are positive signs that the virus is spreading at a slower rate across the state, the COVID-19 pandemic is far from over. It is still critical that Californians continue to wear masks when they leave their homes, maintain physical distance of at least 6 feet, wash their hands frequently, avoid gatherings and mixing with other households, follow all state and local health department guidance and get the vaccine when it’s their turn.
The state, in collaboration with local health departments and health care facilities statewide, took a long list of actions to support California’s hospitals and slow the surge in cases and hospitalizations.
• The Regional Stay at Home Order urged Californians to stay home except for essential activities, which helped lower disease transmission levels and reduce burden on the hospital system.
• California deployed more than 4,100 medical professionals to facilities across the state to ease the burden on frontline health care workers.
• The state provided assistance within hospitals in the form of personal protective equipment, ventilators and help with oxygen supply.
• California also helped hospitals expand their capacity by opening 16 alternate care sites, lower-acuity facilities where COVID-19 patients get a bridge from hospital to home as they are recovering.
• Public health leaders implemented a statewide order to make it easier to transfer patients from over-crowded hospitals to those with more space and staff.
• The administration of vaccines to health care workers has meant that fewer health care workers are falling ill to the virus, which helps keep staffing levels more stable.
“California is slowly starting to emerge from the most dangerous surge of this pandemic yet, which is the light at the end of the tunnel we’ve been hoping for,” said California Health and Human Services Secretary Dr. Mark Ghaly. “Seven weeks ago, our hospitals and front-line medical workers were stretched to their limits, but Californians heard the urgent message to stay home when possible and our surge after the December holidays did not overwhelm the health care system to the degree we had feared.”
Nearly all the counties exiting the Regional Stay at Home Order today are in the Purple or widespread (most restrictive) tier. Services and activities, such as outdoor dining and personal services, may resume immediately with required modifications, subject to any additional restrictions required by local jurisdictions. See the county map to find the status of activities open in each county.
Because case rates remain high across most of the state, the state’s Hospital Surge Order remains in place to prevent hospitals from becoming overwhelmed. The Limited Stay at Home Order, which limits non-essential activities between the hours of 10 p.m. and 5 a.m., expires with the Regional Stay At Home Order ending.

Supporting Documents:

01/15/21 – COVID BUSINESS CONFERENCE CALL – Questions asked from the community, and answers:

  • Reporting Positive COVID-19 Cases
  • Under Section 12 of theSan Diego County Public Health Order, if an employer becomes aware that an employee is diagnosed with COVID19: Promptly notify the County Department of Public Health that there is an employee that is laboratory-confirmed diagnosed with COVID-19, together with the name, date of birth, and contact information of the employee. It is recommended for employers to report all suspected COVID-19 cases to prevent outbreak elsewhere. To notify the County of a person (employee or student) with COVID-19 at your site, complete the online COVID-19 Notification Form. [Posted 1/13/21]
  • Cal/OSHA Emergency Temporary Standards
  • Per the state’sEmergency Temporary Standards (ETS), employers are required to contact Cal/OSHA if an employee contracted COVID-19 at work. Employers should contact Cal/OSHA directly with questions about ETS. [Posted 1/13/21]
  • What to Expect after Getting a COVID-19 Vaccine
  • According to CDC guidance, COVID-19 vaccination will help protect you from getting COVID-19. You may have some side effects, which are normal signs that your body is building protection. These side effects may feel like flu and may even affect your ability to do daily activities, but they should go away in a few days. [Posted 1/13/21]
  • COVID-19 Symptoms VS. Vaccine Side Effects
  • Waiting for CDC guidance. COVID-19 vaccine side effects should go away in 3 days.[Posted 1/13/21]
  • COVID-19 Vaccine & Essential Workforce
  • The County of San Diego is following federal and state guidelines for distribution of the COVID-19 vaccine that will be done in phases. Currently only Phase 1A, healthcare personal and long-term care staff and residents, is eligible to receive vaccine now. See the state webpage for information about essential workforce. [Posted 1/13/21]
  • Youth Sports Guidance Under Regional Stay Home Order
  • Under the Regional Stay at Home Order, permitted youth and recreational adult sports – physical conditioning, practice, skill-building, and training that can be conducted outdoors, with 6 feet of physical distancing, and within stable cohorts are authorized regardless of county tier status.  Athletes and coaches should cohort by team, and refrain from participating with more than one team. All “gatherings” with members of other households are prohibited unless expressly permitted in the Regional Stay At Home Order issued by the California Public Health Officer.

[Posted 1/13/21]

  • COVID-19 Paid Sick Leave in 2021
  • The Consolidated Appropriations Act (CAA), 2021, extended employer tax credits for paid sick leave and expanded family and medical leave voluntarily provided to employees until March 31, 2021. However, the CAA did not extend employees’ entitlement to FFCRA leave beyond Dec. 31, 2020, meaning employers will no longer be legally required to provide such leave. [Posted 1/13/21]
  • Restaurant Dining
  • Under the Regional StayHome order, indoor and outdoor dining is not permissible. When the SoCal Region projection returns to 15% or better ICU bed capacity as a region, the State will release those counties within that region from the Regional Stay-at-Home order. When that happens for SD County, we’ll revert to Tier 1/Purple where outdoor dining is permissible.[Posted 1/13/21]
  • Reporting COVID-19 Positive Employee to County Department of Public Health
  • Per section 12 of the County Public Health Order, employers must promptly notify the County of San Diego Department of Public Health about an employee that is laboratory-confirmed COVID-19 by completing this online form. [Posted 1/13/21]
  • CDC Quarantine Guidance
  • Per CDC, people who have been in close contact with someone who has COVID-19—excluding people who have had COVID-19 within the past 3 months – need to quarantine.
  • People who have tested positive for COVID-19 within the past 3 months and recovered do not have to quarantine or get tested again as long as they do not develop new symptoms. People who develop symptoms again within 3 months of their first bout of COVID-19 may need to be tested again if there is no other cause identified for their symptoms.[Posted 1/13/21]
  • County ICU Projection
  • Data on ICU forecastscan be found on the state webpage.
  • Go to https://calcat.covid19.ca.gov
  • Select Forecasts.
  • Select County tab at top of page.
  • Go to California County ICU Forecasts section and in drop down box select San Diego. [Posted 1/13/21]
  • Regional ICU Capacity Calculation
  • The State posts ICU capacity by region daily as well as maintaining a publicly available dashboard on hospital and ICU capacity by county. Hospitals are required to submit information on the total number of available staffed ICU beds daily. This includes both existing staffed ICU beds and staffed ICU surge beds. To calculate regional ICU capacity the total number of adult ICU beds is calculated by removing neonatal ICU beds (NICU) and pediatric intensive care unit beds (PICU) as well as standardizing current adult ICU capacity. Consistent with the goal of the Regional Stay Home Order, this calculation ensures that sufficient ICU bed capacity is available for COVID and non-COVID related conditions.  [Posted 1/13/21]
  • COVID-19 Vaccine Requirement
  • The COVID-19 vaccine is recommended but not mandatory.Per CDC, the vaccine is safe, will help keep you from getting COVID-19, and offers several benefits.  [Posted 1/13/21]
  • COVID-19 Vaccine Phase Guidance
  • Updates on who is eligible to receive the COVID-19 vaccine will be posted on the https://coronavirus-sd.com/vaccine Additionally, sector specific information will be disseminated through the County of San Diego’s Community Sector groups. We recommend that you visit your sector’s page for tailored information and sign up to receive email updates. [Posted 1/13/21]

Websites/Resources mentioned: 

From San Diego Supervisor, Joel Anderson:

I am proud that my Board colleagues voted to support my common-sense COVID-19 enforcement proposal. Prior to any COVID enforcement, the County must:

✅ Produce scientific data proving the activity poses a health risk
✅ Release enforcement criteria to public
✅ Apply enforcement consistently and fairly

See my full press release below ⬇

Email Received 1-11-2021


After the dark events of last week, it’s nice to report some remarkable light for our travel industry. Of the many positive metrics in American travel sentiment this week, here is a summary of all those that hit pandemic-period record-highs:

• Americans’ openness to travel inspiration (measuring 6.0 on a scale of 0-10)
• Those in a travel readiness state-of-mind (58.6%)
• Excitement levels about travel in 2021 (6.1 on a scale of 0-10)
• The percent of American travelers who believe the COVID-19 vaccines are safe (67.8%)
• The percent of American travelers that will be getting vaccinated against COVID-19 (61.4%)
• The proportion of American travelers who are more optimistic about being able to safely travel in the next six months due to vaccine availability (56.4%)
• The percent of American travelers saying they have begun planning and booking trips specifically in anticipation of vaccines being available (33.7%)
• The percent of American travelers who say discounts and price cuts can motivate them to take a trip they had not previously considered (43.0%)
• The percent of American travelers that said they would be happy if they saw an advertisement promoting their community as a place for tourists to come visit when it is safe (40.3%)

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Email Received 1-6-2021

We are sending you this email to give you some important updates about California’s Small Business Covid-19 Relief Grant program.

Most importantly, please note that the deadline for Round 1 applications has been extended to January 13th, 2021, at 11:59 p.m. Apply now at CAReliefGrant.com.

Additionally, in order to handle the continued high volumes, we have made adjustments to the update and upload process. If applicants experienced disruptions in the application process, they will be notified when they can log back in for updates and uploads.

For applicants in process, the opportunity to finish your application and upload documents will begin today, January 6th, 2021. Please note that you will be notified by email when to log in to complete your unfinished application or upload requested documents.

You will receive an email with a new password, your username will stay the same to log into the Portal. This new password will work going forward and will replace any passwords used up until this point.

This will be a slow release to prevent high volume traffic, so please check your email throughout the day. If you have already started an application in the system please do not fill out a new application as this can delay consideration; however, you should complete your application and upload documents prior to January 13th, 11:59 p.m.

New applicants are welcome to apply any time prior to January 13th, 2021 at 11:59 p.m.

New dates and deadlines:

  • Start a new application –December 30th, 2020 –closes January 13th, 2021, at 11:59 p.m.
  • Update and upload documents for in-process applications –January 6th, 2021 –January 13th, 2021 at 11:59 p.m.
  • The new closing date for Round 1 is January 13th, 2021 at 11:59 pm.

As a reminder, this is not a first-come, first-serve application process or rolling approval process -all eligible applicants will be considered for the grant at the close of Round 1 on January 13th, 2021 at 11:59 pm and not before.

Visit CAReliefGrant.com for updates.

Thank you for your patience.

As part of an end-of-year pandemic relief package, Congress has passed several changes to the Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) and created a “Second Draw” PPP for small businesses who have exhausted their initial loan. Other changes impact eligibility for initial PPP loans, the loan forgiveness process, and the tax treatment of PPP loans.

Congress has also made changes to other programs – including Economic Injury Disaster Loans (EIDL Program), the Employee Retention Tax Credit, a Venue Grant program, and SBA loan programs –that will benefit small businesses.

Visit the Guide to Small Business COVID-19 Emergency Loans web page from the U.S. Chamber to read more about these important updates and your eligibility for additional loans.

The U.S. Chamber’s web page will answer these questions:

  • How Do These Changes Impact My Existing PPP Loan?
  • I Exhausted My Initial PPP Loan, How Does This Help Me?
  • What If I Never Received a PPP Loan?
  • Which hinges to Other Programs That May Help My Small Business Have Been Changed?

https://www.uschamber.com/report/guide-small-business-covid-19-emergency-loans 

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The State of California announced a $500 million grant fund to support small businesses. Businesses can now get their applications prepared for when the first round opens on December 30. Lendistry was selected as the administrator of the grant.

To help you know what to do to prepare to apply between December 30 and January 8, we will have daily webinars at 11 am. You can register here: bit.ly/38tKcPp

We will be discussing:

  • The Grant Program
  • Eligibility Requirements
  • What the funding can be used for
  • The Application
  • Required Documents
  • Who to Contact for Assistance

Webinars Occur at 11 AM Daily:

  • Dec 23, 24, 27, Jan 1 – English
  • Dec 26 – English/Spanish
  • Dec 28 – English/Armenian
  • Dec 29 – English/Mandarin
  • Dec 30 – English/Tagalog
  • Dec 31 – English/Farsi
  • Jan 2 – English/Vietnamese
  • Jan 3 – English/Korean
  • Jan 4 – English/Arabic

To learn more about the grant, please visit https://careliefgrant.com/

The Restaurant Assistance Program makes funds available for restaurants that have
been negatively impacted by the pandemic.
The foundation believes that San Diego restaurants have been unfairly treated during the pandemic deserve assistance.
Restaurants are encouraged to apply for assistance including assistance for any fines they may have occurred by remaining open.

Excerpt From  County Email dateed 12/17/2020

  • Addressing COVID-19 Cases at Workplace Environment

If an employee has tested positive for COVID-19, the employer should promptly report information to County Public Health Services by completing the online notification form. Employers must also provide prompt notice to any employees who may have been exposed per the California COVID-19 Employer Playbook and Cal/OSHA guidance. A visual guide outlining steps to take can be found on the County’s website. [Posted 12/16/20]

  • COVID-19 Vaccine Distribution Phases

The County of San Diego follows guidance from the state which is currently in Phase 1A. Phase 1B vaccine distribution guidance has yet to be decided by the state government. [Posted 12/16/20]

  • Updated Youth Sports Guidance Under Stay-at-Home Order

The Outdoor and Indoor Youth and Recreational Adult Sports Guidance was updated on December 14, 2020. Youth and adult sports include varied activities that have different levels of risk for transmission of COVID-19. Outdoor activities that allow for consistent wearing of face coverings and physical distancing are lower risk than indoor activities that involve close contact between sports participants and high exertion that increases spread of exhaled particles and limits the ability to wear face coverings consistently. Participants in youth sports should wear face coverings when participating in the activity, maintain 6 feet of distance from others, and shared equipment should be cleaned and disinfected before use by another person, group, or team. Such activities may be conducted indoors consistent with restrictions by Tier in the Gym & Fitness Center Guidance Capacity. [Posted 12/16/20]

  • Diagnostic Testing to Reduce Quarantine

Per CDC guidance when diagnostic testing resources are sufficient and available, then quarantine can end after Day 7 if a diagnostic specimen tests negative and if no symptoms were reported during daily monitoring. The specimen may be collected and tested within 48 hours before the time of planned quarantine discontinuation (day 5), but quarantine cannot be discontinued earlier than after Day 7. Any option to shorten quarantine risks being less effective than the currently recommended 14-day quarantine. [Posted 12/16/20]

  • Small Business Stimulus Grant Program & 501 C (6) organizations

The Small Business Stimulus Grant Program approved by the County Board of Supervisors to provide financial assistance to small businesses and nonprofit entities is determined by individual district offices. Awards are based on availability of funds, program guidelines, and the submission of required information. 501 C (6) organizations are encouraged to contact their district office with questions. Contact information for Supervisorial District Representatives can be found online at the bottom of this webpage. [Posted 12/16/20]

  • Reporting Positive COVID-19 Teleworking Employees

Per the Public Health Order (12a), if an employer becomes aware that an employee is diagnosed with COVID-19 they must promptly notify the County Department of Public Health. Employers can report information by completing the online COVID-19 notification form. Employers should report COVID-19 confirmed cases for all employees, including those teleworking from home. [Posted 12/16/20]

  • Regional Stay at Home Order and Massage

Under the Regional Stay at Home Order, medical massage is allowed with a doctor’s note. [Posted 12/16/20]

  • Cal/OSHA Emergency Temporary Standard

Per the Cal/OSHA Emergency Temporary Standard (ETS), employers must offer COVID-19 testing to potentially exposed employees at no cost and during working hours. Employers can refer their employees to free County COVID-19 testing sites. Testing location information can be found online or by calling 2-1-1 (toll free). [Posted 12/16/20]

  • Drive-in Movies are Permissible Under the Stay-At-Home Order 

Drive-in Movies are permissible under the Regional Stay At Home Order. A Safe Reopening Plan  is required and COVID-19 prevention protocols need to be in place. Please ensure that local jurisdictions are aware as there could be restrictions regarding these types of events. [Posted 12/16/20]

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Received 12-18-20 at 6:33pm

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San Diego County Restaurants Exempt From State’s COVID-19 Restrictions, Judge Rules

Thursday, December 17, 2020,  By City News Service, Jacob Aere

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12-14-2020 From INC. Magazine 

Good morning,

As Congress struggles to reach a bipartisan agreement over the next stimulus package, one thing is clear: The Paycheck Protection Program will make a comeback.

And it might happen soon. The forgivable loan program targeted at small businesses could get reauthorized as early as this week, if lawmakers can coalesce around one of two proposals currently making the rounds on Capitol Hill. The pressure to act now is boiling over: Covid-19 cases are reaching stark, record-breaking numbers across the U.S., and several crisis-era programs are due to expire on December 31, including the Employee Retention Tax Credit, the Economic Injury Disaster Loan (EIDL) program, and the Federal Reserve’s Main Street Lending Program.

If the PPP does get reauthorized, it’ll likely contain a series of important tweaks from its original form. For example, it’ll be more targeted: Any new funding probably would be available primarily to small businesses with 300 or fewer employees that have sustained a revenue loss of 30 percent in any quarter in 2020. And if you already received a PPP loan earlier this year, don’t worry: You might be able to apply for a second one.

Check out our story to learn the nine most important changes that you should anticipate for the next round of federal Covid aid, and how your small business should prepare for it.

12-7-2020

California Small Business Relief Grants
Governor Newsom and the Legislature announced a package of assistance for small businesses impacted by COVID-19, including $500 million in grants. While the program is being created, please sign up here to receive an update when launched.

12/7/20

Stay Home Order Issued as Region’s ICU Capacity Drops Below 15%

The Southern California intensive care unit (ICU) bed capacity has dropped below 15%, and the state requires San Diego County to implement a Regional Stay Home Order that prohibits gatherings of any size and closes operations in multiple sectors, including restaurants, bars, wineries and personal services.

The current ICU capacity for the Southern California region, which includes San Diego and 10 other counties, is now 12.5% as of December 5. The order is in effect today and will last for at least three weeks or until the region’s ICU capacity meets or exceeds 15%. The order will be assessed by the state on a weekly basis after the three-week period.

Among restrictions that go beyond the current Purple Tier that already apply to San Diego:

  • No gatherings of any size.
  • Restaurants open for takeout, delivery or drive-thru only. No on-site dining.
  • Indoor operations limited to 20%.
  • Hotels and lodging. Open only for critical infrastructure support.

The following must close from operating in any form, indoors or outdoors:

  • Indoor or outdoor playgrounds
  • Hair salons and barbershops
  • Personal care services, including nail salons
  • Museums, zoos and aquariums
  • Movie theaters
  • Wineries
  • Cardrooms and satellite wagering
  • Overnight stays at campgrounds

Essential businesses such as supermarkets, grocery stores, laundromats and pharmacies will remain open.

Parks, beaches and hiking and bike trails remain open. Other outdoor activities are also permitted but a face mask and social distancing is required.

12-6-2020 (Sunday)

The State Regional Stay at Home Order, announced December 3, 2020, requires regions with less than 15% hospital intensive care unit (ICU) availability to comply with additional COVID-19 preventative measures. Today, the Southern California region (which includes Imperial, Inyo, Los Angeles, Mono, Orange, Riverside, San Bernardino, San Diego, San Luis Obispo, Santa Barbara, and Ventura), met that criteria. Effective, December 6, 2020 at 11:59 pm (Midnight Sunday Night) the following state required Health Order changes will take effect and be in effect for a minimum of 3 weeks.  After the initial three week period the hospital ICU capacity will be assessed on a weekly basis and the Order will be updated when ICU capacity meets or exceeds 15%.

Effective December 6, 2020 at 11:59 pm (Midnight Sunday Night):

The following businesses and playgrounds must close:

  • Restaurant Food Facilities (other than for take-out, pick-up or delivery, which is still allowed)
  • Bars, breweries, and distilleries (other than for take-out, pick-up or delivery, which is still allowed)
  • Wineries (other than for take-out, pick-up or delivery, which is still allowed) 
  • Indoor and outdoor playgrounds
  • Indoor recreational facilities
  • Hair salons and barbershops
  • Personal care services (including massage and body art)
  • Museums, zoos, and aquariums
  • Movie theaters
  • Family entertainment centers
  • Cardrooms and satellite wagering
  • Limited services
  • Live audience sports
  • Amusement parks

Please continue to take all necessary precautions to slow the spread of COVID-19:

  • Wear face coverings.
  • Physically distance six feet when possible.
  • Frequently wash your hands.
  • Stay home if you’re sick.
  • Follow industry specific guidelines for COVID-19.
  • Review your onsite Safe Reopening Plan or Food Facility Protocol and if necessary, update it to be consistent with the new requirements for your industry.

We appreciate your continued commitment to protecting public health. If you have questions regarding this information or your operation, please contact our duty information specialist at (858) 505‐6900 or email at fhdutyeh@sdcounty.ca.gov.

For updated information about COVID-19, including resource documents such as frequently asked questions, informational posters, and guidance, please visit www.coronavirus-sd.com. You can also text COSD COVID19 to 468-311 to get text alert updates or follow SDCountyHHSA on Facebook or @SDCountyHHSA on Twitter.

Sincerely,

Department of Environmental Health
Food and Housing Division

Get Aid for Your Food or Beverage Establishment

The U.S. Small Business Administration opened the Restaurant Revitalization Fund portal for grant applications. The online application will remain open to any eligible establishment until all funds are exhausted.

Gain a helpful overview about the fund and COVID-19 capital, checklists of documents to gather, and other tips to prepare for applying depending on your type of business using this on-demand webinar. You can also request one-on-one assistance with the topic!

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11/21/20 – Guidance for the Use of Face Coverings

State of California—Health and Human Services Agency
California Department of Public Health

10-19-20 – Reminder – You can find all the current details (updated regularly) on Safe Reopening Plan for SD County – Here

Safe Reopening

The state created a new system to determine when and how activities can reopen. Details for each county are in its Blueprint for a Safer Economy. Recent changes for San Diego County are below.

To operate under the new guidance, businesses and organizations will need to update their Safe Reopening Plan.

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